Violent Chemical Reaction Forces Evac

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 02:09 PM gHale

A violent chemical reaction at a high tech manufacturing facility Monday night led to an evacuation and sent two people to a hospital.

Fire and hazmat crews got the call at 6 p.m. to Mound Laser & Photonics Center, in Kettering, OH.

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“We got dispatched on a chemical explosion,” said Battalion Chief Jon Durrenberg of the Kettering Fire Department. “Two chemicals that weren’t compatible got mixed together and created a violent reaction.”

The building ended up evacuated, and two people in the vicinity of the incident went to Miami Valley Hospital as a precaution, Durrenberg said.

“It wasn’t an explosion, it was just, as they call it, a violent exothermic reaction,” Durrenberg said. “It created a lot of heat, a lot of mess (with splattering), a cloud of gas. It was enough to make them evacuate immediately.”

Just over a dozen people were in the building at the time of the incident.

The facility fabricates various metal components, which are laser-cut and then treated with acids and alcohol, Durrenberg said, as part of the manufacturing process.

According to the company’s website, it serves medical and defense industries.

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